Heart Surgery capability is limited with
small centers in the major cities of La Paz and Cochabamba.
Future initiatives are planned in Santa Cruz. A model private unit was established in Cochabamba in 1973 by Doctor Juan
Pablo Barrenechea and his colleagues. The Belgian Medical Surgical
Center presently performs over 120 adult and pediatric open heart operations
per year, as well as many closed cardiac, thoracic, and esophageal
procedures. It is a non-profit foundation which provides care to both
paying and non paying patient. It is a worthwhile system to study and
Considered the most authentic country in South America, Bolivia was conquered by the Incas in the 15th century, then later by Spain, finally gaining its independence in 1825.
The Andes cover the western half of the country, and the capital city of La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. The eastern half is primarily underdeveloped tropical lowlands.
Bolivia is a clean, friendly country with hospitable people and many hidden treasures. From Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, to the shores of Lake Titicaca, it's a mix of many cultures and natural wonders. It's one of only two landlocked countries in South America, and with very limited access to the Pacific Ocean, it remains a poor country.